Dr. Alessandra Carriero joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Florida Institute of Technology in 2014. Her research examines bone multi-scale mechanics and mechano-adaptation in growth, aging and disease with the aim to predict and prevent bone fractures and deformities, and aid in the development of new treatments for skeletal pathologies. Her interdisciplinary research combines mechanical engineering methods, material science approaches, high-resolution imaging, clinical data and biological analysis to reveal how mechanical forces influence bone growth, maintance and function. An enhanced understanding of the interplay between bone mechanical behaviour, composition, structure and biological function provides new and valuable insights into how healthy bone grows, ages, supports and adapts to loads avoiding deformations and fractures. Investigating how aging and disease change bone properties is of great clinical importance for developing therapies that can repair bone’s mechanical integrity. Dr. Carriero’s research has potential to make significant positive impact on the quality of life of patients while delivering economic benefits.
She obtained a PhD in Bone Biomechanics from Imperial College London, developing a computational model for the influence of mechanical loads on bone growth. In her post-doctoral research at the Institute for Biomechanics in ETHZurich, she used synchrotron CT imaging to investigate the intracortical porosity of osteogenesis imperfecta bone. In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Global Research Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering and went as postdoctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to investigate the fracture mechanics of brittle bone. After she returned to Imperial College as BBSRC Research Associate to examine mechano-adaptation during aging. She is interested in combining modelling and imaging with experimental work in order to understand the relationship between bone structure, composition, shape and function.